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City says it's better prepared to tackle street problems

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jan 23, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Recent up and down temperatures, coupled with rain and snow, can mean only one thing -- Indianapolis streets are taking a beating and potholes will be a problem for some time to come.

The City of Indianapolis is earmarking 126 million dollars to battle those potholes and repave streets.

Priorities this year include resurfacing Binford Boulevard, 16th. Street and West Street.

The announcement was made by Mayor Joe Hogsett and Dan Parker, head of the Department of Public Works.

"We wanted to get this list out today primarily so that folks knew that the streets that are in the worst condition are going to be resurfaced and they will not be stripped patched," said Parker. "We are going to be out filling holes because we need to, but we want to make sure that the repairs that we are doing are more permanent."

Mayor Hogsett says the city is more prepared to deal with road work this year -- in fact, more than 14,000 potholes have been filled since the start of January.

But that is of little consolation to drivers like Toni Olive who faces a big bill for repairs to her car after it hit a pothole.

"You have to get paperwork, you have to get estimates. I reached out to my insurance company and they told me my insurance would go up because it's considered an accident. That's unfair. I'm just hurt. I was in tears," she said.

Drivers like Olive can file a claim with the city, but very few of those claims are ever paid.

If you would like to see which streets the city will focus on this year, we have a map on our website at the Indychannel.com.

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